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Samsung Galaxy A5 / A500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6821 reviews of Samsung Galaxy A5 / A500. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Comments about the size and performance are on the whole positive. The screen and portability also get good opinions, whereas views are divided on the battery. Some have doubts about the connectivity and reception.

usability, portability, screen, performance, size

sound, reception, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Galaxy A5 / A500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung Galaxy A5 / A500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 128 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy A5 / A500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the design and price are generally positive. The usability and portability are also mentioned favorably, but opinions are divided on the reliability.

performance, portability, usability, price, design

88% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Galaxy A5 SIM-Free Smartphone - WhiteSamsung Galaxy A5 SIM-Free Smartphone - White

Jun, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Samsung Galaxy A5 / A500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 108 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy A5 / A500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the price and portability. The performance and camera are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the durability and reception. Reviews are divided on the size.

usability, camera, performance, portability, price

reception, durability

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Galaxy A5 A500H 16GB Unlocked GSM Android Cell Phone - Unlocked - Retail Packaging - (Black)Samsung Galaxy A5 A500H 16GB Unlocked GSM Android Cell Phone - Unlocked - Retail Packaging - (Black)

Jun, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Samsung Galaxy A5 / A500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy A5 / A500 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.ca. Reviewers really like the sound. The reliability also gets good comments.

price, reliability, sound

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A500F 16GB Black 4G LTE (FACTORY UNLOCKED)Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A500F 16GB Black 4G LTE (FACTORY UNLOCKED)

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: James Peckham (techradar.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 review

 

A Galaxy S7 for those on a tighter budget

Great design ; Bright and beautiful display

No wireless charging ; Outdated software

Samsung has taken a lot of what makes the Galaxy S7 great and applied it to a phone on a tighter budget. If you want the best of Samsung but can't afford the flagship, the Galaxy A5 may be designed for you.

Jan, 2017

Expert review by: Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 review: Marvellous exterior, mid-range interior

 

In this job we are constantly jostling between different phones. Often they're the latest and greatest handsets, so when a mid-range model such as the Samsung Galaxy A5 comes along we tend to cross our fingers and hope there will be something standout...

Delightful design (prefer it to SGS5), bright and colourful display, fair price makes more sense than original Galaxy Alpha, powerful enough to cater for most, 4G connectivity

Outspecced by Sony Z3 Compact, not Android Lollipop (which we think will smooth out OS slickness), would like a more significant battery, low-light camera ability

As a nod to where Samsung is heading with design, the Galaxy A5 is a great example of quality. Indeed, we'd rather have one in the pocket than the flagship Galaxy S5 - but that's just about to be replaced with the S6 come April, which fuses the best of...

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: Gareth Beavis (techradar.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 review

 

The larger rival to Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Neat design ; More powerful screen

Still feels slightly odd ; Could be more expensive than better specced models

A neat package that finally points to Samsung sorting out the design problems it's had for years.

Feb, 2015

Expert review by: Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

Samsung A5 and A3 hands-on: Full metal jacket - Pocket-lint

 

The Samsung A series, first announced late 2014, has made an appearance at CES in Las Vegas before its UK debut and we were on hand to have a play. Cased

Jan, 2015

Recommended by TR

Expert review by: Max Parker (trustedreviews.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5

 

The Samsung Galaxy A5 is the sort of phone that has me questioning why the vast majority of people should buy a flagship device. After all, when a £369.99 device ticks almost all of the right boxes, why pay more?

Feb, 2017

Expert review by: Katharine Byrne (expertreviews.co.uk)

Samsung Galaxy A5 review

 

An AMOLED screen, excellent camera and long battery life, but poor performance lets the pricey Galaxy A5 down

Jun, 2015

Expert review by: Jim Martin (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Samsung Galaxy A5 review

 

In the hand it feels remarkably svelte, and that's mainly because it's just 6.7mm thick. These figures are slightly lower than those for the iPhone 6, which is 129g and 6.9mm.

When put next to the Galaxy S5, it's hard to find reasons to buy the A5 instead. It's not a bad phone, but the S5 is simply better value now that it has dropped in price.

May, 2015

Expert review by: Chris Barraclough (recombu.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 Review: In Depth

 

We review the Samsung Galaxy A5, a 5-inch mid-range phone boasting premium design and performance.At the end of 2014, something bizarre happened. Maybe it was a tear in the space-time continuum, or maybe…

Solid, durable design ; Decent battery life ; Bright, attractive display

Feature light ; Weak HDR on camera

Samsung's Galaxy A5 already has us excited about the upcoming

Feb, 2015

Expert review by: Mark Peters (letsgodigital.org)

Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3

 

Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 Android smartphones : Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 optimized for social networking. Young consumers can express themselves in greater style through new Samsung Galaxy A smartphones. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A5 and...

The Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 are ideal for young consumers seeking practicality and functionality. Both Galaxy smartphones are equipped with an extraordinary Super AMOLED display and Adaptive Display technology to deliver clearer images with...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: Jonathan Bray (alphr.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) review: A great all-rounder for under £300

 

Gorgeous, long lasting and a competent all-rounder. Samsung's mid-range Galaxy A5 is a first-class mobile

Jul, 2016

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:2300 / 2900
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Browsing time (3G):14 / 5.7 / 8
Browsing time (4G):14 / 5.7 / 68 / 8
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):11 / 16 / 8 / 9.7
Continuous audio playback time:12 / 57 / 68 / 75
Continuous video playback time:10.2 / 12 / 14
Standby time (2G):530
Talk time (2G):15
Talk time (3G):15 / 16
Video call time:11

Call management

Call divert:Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing:Y / Yes
Vibrating Alert:Y / Yes

Camera

Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Built-in Flash:Y / Yes
Camera resolution:1920 x 1080
Face detection: Yes
Flash type:LED
Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):5
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):13
Maximum frame rate:30
Night mode: Yes
Rear Camera Resolution:1920 x 1080
Rear camera resolution (numeric):13
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1920x1080@30fps
Second Camera:Y / Yes
Second camera resolution:5
Self-timer: Yes
Sensor Type:CMOS
Smile detection: Yes
Video capture resolution (max):1920 x 1080 / 4128 x 1932
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p / 480p, 720p, 1080p
White Balance:Auto / auto, Cloudy, daylight, Fluorescent, Tungsten
Zoom capability: Yes

Certificates

Body SAR (EU):0.259 / 0.403 / 0.475 / 1.09
Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified: No
Head SAR (EU):0.23 / 0.230 / 0.247 / 0.286 / 0.7
Specific absorption rate (SAR) value (EU):0.247

Design

Colour of product:Black / Gold / Pink / Silver / White
Curved Design:N / No
Fingerprint Reader:No / Yes
Form factor:Bar
Standard colour:Black / Gold / Silver / White

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:12.7 / 127 / 13.2
Display number of colours:16.0 / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 720 / 1920 x 1080
Display Type:SAMOLED
Orientation sensor:No / Y / Yes
Screen shape:Flat
Second display: No
Touch screen:Y / Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch sensitive screen:Y
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:2

Messaging

Chat:Y / Yes
E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MID, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MID, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / AAC, AAC+, AAC++, AMR, eAAC+, MP3, WAV, WMA / AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, AAC+, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, AAC+, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA, eAAC+ / AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGA, OGG, OTA, WAV, WMA / AAC, OGG, MXMF, AMR, WAV, WMA, OGA, XMF, OTA, FLAC, MIDI, IMY, 3GA, MP4, RTX, AWB / AAC, WAV, AAC+, WMA, OGG, eAAC+, FLAC, MP3
FM radio:Y / Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, JPG, PNG / JPG / JPG, GIF
Video compression formats:H.263, H.264, MPEG4 / H.263, MPEG4
Video formats supported:3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV / 3GP, DIVX, MPEG4, WMV / H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VC-1, VP8, WMV7, WMV8 / H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8 / MP4, WMV, AVI, M4V, 3G2, FLV, MKV, ASF, WEBM, 3GP
Voice codecs:AMR-NB, AMR-WB / EFR, FR, HR

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
GLONASS:Y / Yes
GPS:Y / Yes
GPS (satellite):Y / Yes
Position location:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi positioning:Y / Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850, 900, 1800, 1900 / 850,1800,900,1900 / 850,900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):850,900,1800,1900 / 850,900,1900,2100
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM / GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:850, 900, 1900, 2100 / 850,900,1900,2100 / 900,1900,850,2100
3G standards:HSPA+ / HSPA, UMTS / UMTS / UMTS, WCDMA
4G:No / Y / Yes
4G bands supported:2100,900,1800,800,2600,850 / 800, 850, 900, 1800, 2100, 2600 / 800,850,900,1800,2100,2300,2600 / 800,850,900,1800,2100,2600 / 850,1900,2100,2600 / 850,900,1800,2100,2600 / 850,900,2100,2600
4G standard:LTE
4G standards:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, AVRCP, DID, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HCRP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, HSP, AVRCP, MAP, OPP, HFP, PBAP, PAN, DID, HID, SAP
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.1
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi Direct: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Battery pack: Yes
Bundled software:Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube
Cables included:MICRO-USB / USB
Headset included: Yes
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Flight mode:No / Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Microphone mute:Y / Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.4
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes / Alarm clock, Notes, Events reminder, To-do list, Calculator, Calendar
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Widgets
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes
Subscription type:No subscription / Prepaid / Sim-lock free
Support for contact groups:Y / Yes
SyncML: Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL): No
USB connector type:MICRO-USB / Micro-USB B
USB port:Y / Yes
USB version:2.0

Processor

64-bit computing:Y
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A53
Processor Cores:4 / 8
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.2 / 1.6
Processor Model:410 / MSM 8916

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.4 / 5.1
SyncML: Yes

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC
Internal RAM:2 / 2048
Internal ROM:16
Internal storage capacity:16
Maximum memory card size:128 / 64
USB mass storage:Y / Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription / Prepaid

Technical Details

Colour :Y / Yes
Google applications:Gmail, Google Chrome, Google Maps, Google Play, Google+, YouTube / Google Maps, Google Play, Google Voice Search / Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube / Google Play / Google Voice Search, Google Maps, Google Play

Video

Video call:Y / Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:6.7 / 7.3
Height :13.9 / 139.3 / 144.8
Weight:123 / 155
Width:6.97 / 69.7 / 71